Certified Annuity Specialist - CAS

DEFINITION of 'Certified Annuity Specialist - CAS'

A certification indicating expertise and commitment to fixed-rate and variable annuities. Individuals with the CAS designation offer clients expert advice in regards to investment opportunities in annuities.

BREAKING DOWN 'Certified Annuity Specialist - CAS'

The CAS designation is issued by the Institute of Business & Finance through a six-module, 60-hour course and requires 15 hours per year of continuing education for the first five years following certification. The course includes an open-book case study as well as a final exam administered by the NASD.

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    Variable annuities are often found in government or nonprofit employer retirement plans such as 403(b) or 457(b) plans. With ... Read Full Answer >>
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